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Wu Ting
How would you explain this sentence? “Union Station looks like a temple.” “A temple.” Father gave a sideways look. “How old are you now, fourteen?” “Fifteen. Sixteen this summer.” “Right. Temples. Built with government money by Hoover’s swindlers. They’re planning to put up a whole string of your temples here on the south side of Pennsylvania. See that eye-popper? Washington’s Monument.” He pointed into a leafless park, the pale stone rising above the trees. A memory rose with it: the long, narrow box of hallway rising like a dark mouse tunnel. An echoing argument in the stairwell, Mother’s hand pulling downward, back to safety. How would you explain the last sentence: Mother’s hand pulling downward, back to safety? PS: His parents had divorced. And the boy went to live with his father after living with his mother for many years. Many years ago, after the argument mentioned in the last passage, his mother left his father and took the boy to Mexico. Thanks!
Feb 27, 2014 2:45 PM
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Given the context provided, but not having read the book, I would say that the child was about to climb the stairs to go up to his father's apartment, but the mother pulled him (the child) back, away from the father's place, and therefore in the mother's mind, "to safety." I suppose that the mother finds the child's visit with his father "unsafe" for some reason or another.
February 27, 2014
Wu Ting
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
Learning Language
English